It's that time of the year when we're ready to dust off the cobwebs and clear out the cupboards as Spring inspires us to embrace freshness and rejuvenation. And what better way to prepare for the warmer weather than giving your shoes a good scrub and polish? We've got the lowdown on all the best ways to care for your beloved sandals or sneakers.
If you're a long-time Birkenstock wearer, you'll know that the company pride themselves on creating shoes that are durable and long-lasting. There's nothing like your well-loved Birks that have moulded perfectly to the shape of your foot, so here are a few products that can help you keep the good times rolling and get the most out of every pair.
Cork is a fantastic material for its renewable and shock-absorbing qualities. It does, however, tend to dry out with sun exposure and long-term wear. Our Cork Seal can be lightly brushed onto the cork outsole to maintain and nourish the cork and prevent it from cracking.
Birkenstock created their very own Care Brush to help you refresh and clean your suede and nubuck leather sandals and shoes. On one side it features a brush with brass and nylon bristles, designed to clean the suede lining of Birkenstock sandals. The fine rubber brush is designed to help you comb the natural fibers/nap of the suede leather to gently restore the look. The outer cleaning edge of the brush helps remove dirt and access hard to reach places. It can also help remove stains on natural leather.
Birkenstock sandals featuring Oiled Leather straps are coveted for their rich, supple patina. The leather wears differently depending on the wearer so they have a great individual quality with time. To keep the leather in tip-top form, we recommend the oiled leather sponge from Shucare. It's super easy to use and can help you condition the leather as well as gently buff away scratches.
To take your leather care to the next level, Shucare's Beeswax Dressing is your new best friend. This wonder product helps you soften and protect your leather goods, so you can use it on your belts, wallets and bags as well as your shoes!
Make your smooth leather shoes sparkle with the non-toxic water based leather wipes from Sneaker Lab. These individually wrapped wipes are perfect to pop in your bag for on-the-go cleaning, and they also add a layer of UV protection, water-resistance and shine so you can protect and polish your shoes in one go.
Nothing says Spring like a fresh pair of white sneakers, but those bright white kicks don't stay that way for too long. If you've recently treated yourself to a fresh new pair, you can preserve that brand-new aesthetic by treating them with Sneaker Protector from Sneaker Lab. The water-based, environmentally friendly solution can be used on most fabrics and materials, including nubuck and suede leathers.
While we think sneakers look great with a little character, it's always nice to freshen them up for the new season. The geniuses over at Sneaker Lab have created a versatile cleaning solution that helps you remove dirt and grime and keep those sneakers looking fresh.
The Sneaker Cleaner can be used on most materials, including suede and nubuck. Be sure to check out the Sneaker Wipes for a handy on-the-go option for cleaning a variety of materials including canvas, leather, suede & nubuck. Perfect to use on your shoes, bag, wallet and belt without harming your products or the environment.
While the fresh air and flowers in bloom might help to mask unpleasant odors, Sneaker Lab have devised a solution for smelly shoes with their Odor Protector. The pro-bacterial formula actively prevents and eliminates odor-emitting bacteria and is safe and easy to use on most fabric and materials.